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GOLD DIGGER, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor!

One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her!

She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a
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Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor

Rebecca Rosenberg



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This is the new queen of historical fiction! Another literary masterpiece. Seemingly endless imagination, Rebecca Rosenberg tells the history of Baby Do,The belle of Central City. The fac
DJ Sakata
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You have the attention span of a squirrel. Maybe I should bring acorns next time.

“I prefer women with a past.” Wilde winked. “They’re always so damned amusing.” Peter inserted a long skeleton key into the dressing room door. “Don’t give up on love, darling,” Wilde advised her. “One should always be in love. That’s the reason one should never marry.”

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Ms. Rosenberg has an entertaining and commanding writing style that squeezed my heart while raising my awareness. I have to
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Newlyweds Elizabeth “Baby Doe” and Harvey Doe travel to Colorado in 1878 to manage a gold mine belonging to Harvey’s father. Baby Doe is counting on their success to help support her parents in Wisconsin. Harvey proves to be inept at management and his poor work ethic forces Baby Doe to get involved in the daily operations.

Harveys eventually abandons Baby Doe which forces her to navigate life as a single woman. She is shunned by her former friends and has trouble gaining acceptance as an attract
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
At the end of 2017 did I read the fantastic The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg. I recommend the book warmly btw. So, I was really looking forward to reading Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. Now, I had never heard of Baby Doe Tabor before I read the book and that made this book extra interesting to read. I always like to learn more about real people.

Rebecca Rosenberg is a fabulous writer and I enjoyed getting a view into the often dangerous life of miners. Baby Doe or
Sarah 🌺 Books in Their Natural Habitat
It’s not often I find or read books about that era between the American Civil War and World War I, so it was a happy surprise that I stumbled into reading Gold Digger:The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.

In Gold Digger, you fall into the life of Lizzie aka Baby Doe. Baby has just been married and is off to Colorado with her new husband in the hopes of striking in big with gold mining. Things don’t go as planned, and Baby Doe finds herself husband- and child-less. What’s worse is the hate many of the t
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Money cannot buy happiness. An old saying that rings true in this tale of Baby Doe Tabor. A tale of love and tragedy. So often the two go together.

I had been fortunate in my life to have an Aunt living in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. During numerous visits, she and her friend took me to Central City and many of the old mining towns in the area. Laura Lou Lincoln, my aunt's friend, taught my oldest children how to pan for gold. I can therefore relate to this tale of miners, strife and t
Deanne Patterson
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading this I realized this story though not nonfiction is based on a true story. The sequel, which I can't wait to read will be releasing in September.
Calling all historical fiction readers, you're going to really enjoy this one.
It is rich in historical detail. Very word heavy, you'll love the descriptions. Lizzie aka Baby Doe comes from poverty but with her exceptional beauty her Mama always said she would marry rich.
This woman is a survivor, just twenty years old she travels to Colora
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rebecca Rosenberg tells the intriguing story of Baby Doe Tabor in this page-turner, Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. Baby Doe was a beautiful and strong woman determined to make it on her own in the Wild West after being abandoned by her husband. A historical, rollicking western with an inspiring love story! I can't wait to read the next chapter in Baby Doe's life!
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
Baby Doe Tabor, born Elizabeth McCourt, was author Rebecca Rosenberg's life long obsession, and now Roseburg has resurrected Baby Doe in her newest book Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor. Rosenberg is the author of The Secret Life of Mrs. London--the 2020 Read Across California book choice.

The beautiful Baby Doe married for the promise of a gold mine, her mother always intended her to be the family's way out of debt. When her immature husband abandoned her, Baby Doe supported herself by
Camille Maio
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another fascinating read by Rosenberg, again illuminating a piece of history for modern readers. Gifted in the art of dialog and character, the author quickly draws the reader into the story and doesn't let go. This was a one-day read for me and I am eagerly anticipating the sequel!
Karen Kay
I received this from for a review.

Good background on how Colorado (Denver) was built. This is a fictional account based on historical real-life character Baby Doe Tabor. I kept googling events while reading and was glad to see the book events were accurate to what I was reading on the web.

Davida Chazan
The Colorado Gold Rush of the late 1880s both made and broke many people. Among them was Horace Tabor. But the jewel in Tabor's crown wasn't one of his mines, it was the woman he fell in love with, known as "Baby Doe". This biographical, historical, women’s fiction novel is about how Elizabeth McCourt from Oshkosh WI goes to Colorado as Harvey Doe's young bride, and how she ends up as "Baby Doe Tabor". You can read my #bookreview of "Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor" by Rebecca Rosenbe ...more
Bambi Rathman
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Rosenberg has brought history to life in this book about Baby Doe Tabor! This is the genre of book that I love to read and I was thrilled with the opportunity to read an ARC copy! This fascinating woman in American history, particularly Colorado history, was beautiful, determined, strong and most of all a survivor. She endured the gamut of difficulties that life and society threw at her because of her strong will and the love she had for Horace Tabor.
Ms. Rosenberg
Carla Suto
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GOLD DIGGER: THE REMARKABLE BABY DOE TABOR by Rebecca Rosenberg is a work of historical fiction based on the life of Elizabeth McCourt Doe Tabor, aka Baby Doe. It is set in the late 1800s during the heyday of gold and silver mining in Colorado. After moving to Colorado with her new husband, Harvey, to make their fortune in a gold mine, Baby Doe finds herself suddenly without a husband and living alone in poverty, estranged from friends and family. Later, she meets “silver king” and politician, H ...more
Barbara Schlichting
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of the book so that I may be able to write an honest review. I found it very interesting to read how hard it was for a woman of style and grace to make it and be herself back the early days of settling of the west. Few men took women seriously especially if they were beautiful. I'm glad that I had a chance to read this book.
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, rcbc-tbr
I won a copy of this book and also got a copy via NetGalley from the author for my complete, unbiased, and honest review.

This book was so good from the very beginning. I was a bit unsure whether I was going to like it at first but after reading the very first page I was hooked. It weaves so much history throughout the story. I learned so much about the gold and silver mines in Colorado. I also remembered a President that I had forgotten about. The 21st president of the United States. President
Lady Alexandrine
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is impossible not to admire the author for the amount of research that she had to undertake to write "Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor". I haven't heard about Baby Doe Tabor before, so it was interesting to read about her life and get to know her circumstances and character.

This is an image of Baby Doe Tabor that I found on Wikipedia web-page:


Baby Doe Tabor. Photograph taken in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, circa 1883 via Wikipedia

After reading the book I am sure that Baby Doe was a remark
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, old-west
The opera "Ballad of Baby Doe" sparked my interest in reading this version of Lizzie/Baby Doe's life. It was a good read and brought to life other aspects of the Old West and the mining culture of the Colorado of the late 1800's. What fascinated me were the story and its details: how Lizzie came West with her feckless first husband, both dreaming of gold. He abandons her and she has to make a life for herself in a man's world. She does a stint of working for a tailor; she's trained for this: wor ...more
Ann Creel
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I became a fan of this author when I read her first novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to read an advanced copy of GOLD DIGGER. As before, the author has taken a true story--a true love story--and has brought it to new life for today's readers. Everything is here for a rollicking ride. This story pull together a forbidden love, the wild west, politics, and mining for riches set against the backdrop of my favorite state, Colorado.

The most impressive p
In her Afterword, Rebecca Rosenberg confesses that Baby Doe Tabor 'captured her imagination' from the time she was five years old. Her enthusiasm for her subject shines through in this book although I'll admit I'd never heard of Baby Doe Tabor up to this point. As the book description sets out, Gold Digger is a rags to riches, riches to rags and possibly back again, story of a woman determined to control her own destiny and prove she has brains to match her beauty.

Along the way, Baby Doe (the ni
Bonnye Reed
GN Rebecca Rosenberg brings the past alive with her prose. Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor is based on the life of Elizabeth McCourt Doe Tabor and obviously, a great deal of background research went into the writing of this historical novel. Gold Digger takes us to Colorado mining country with the arrival of newlyweds Harvey and 'Lizzy' Elizabeth McCourt Doe in Denver by rail in April of 1878. We see Baby Doe through years of trying to help Harvey cope with life in general and the exp ...more
Robyn Markow
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
(3 & 1/2 Stars)Rather interesting novelization about Elizabeth"Baby Doe" Tabor ,who arrived in Colorado as a young bride with her new husband,Harvey Doe whose family owned a Silver Mine . Elizabeth(who is nicknamed "Baby Doe" by the other miners) is fascinated by the mining process ,so much that she goes into them herself,which was practically unheard of for a woman in 1879. Bad luck & Harvey's health issues take their toll on the couple & a pregnant Baby Doe is abandoned when her husband goes b ...more
Andrea Guy
There's a little big of a double entendre going on with the title. Baby /Doe heads west with her new husband, Harvey. Almost from the start, you know this is not a marriage that is going to go along swimmingly. Harvey has asthma and the altitude in Colorado is causing him a lot of difficulty. The mining life, definitely isn't for him.

Baby is soon left alone and pregnant and forced to find her own way. Thankfully she ended up working with a haberdashery before her life really starts changing

An Amazing Historical Fiction deserving of all the stars!

I love Rebecca Rosenberg! I enjoyed The Secret Life of Mrs London, and this one was just as amazing and a 5 star read for me.

Gold Digger is a wonderful story about a beautiful young woman, originally from Oshkosh Wisconsin Lizzy “Baby Doe” Tabor, a legend in her own right, and a woman well ahead of her time. From a very poor family, she marries into money and immediately leaves her struggling family to trek the Wild West and try to strike
Patricia V. Davis
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The moment Mrs. London stepped onto that train in THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON, Rebecca Rosenberg's debut novel, I knew I was going to keep reading this author's work. She puts her reader into the mind, body, and soul of the woman about whom she is writing, as though they have come back from the dead, sat across from us at our kitchen table to tell us about their lives, to tell us who they were. We don't have to agree with their choices. We don't even have to completely understand those choice ...more
Linda Zagon
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Rosenberg, Author for “Gold Digger The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor” has written a captivating, enthralling, intriguing, intense, and suspenseful novel. The Genres for this novel are Historical Fiction and Romance. The timeline for this story is around 1878, around the time of the gold rush, in Colorado. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex and complicated.
Baby Doe came to Colorida with her new husband to work and look for gold in the mine her father-in-law had su
Candy Briggs
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This poor woman went thru hell. Her mother thought she was beautiful and should have a man who was rich and would be good to her. She married Harvey Doe and she was Elizabeth McCourt Doe (Lizzie). She was always full of questions, she was very curious about everything. Harvey's father had given them a mine for a wedding present and they were off to mine it. His mother was furious that he had married her and his father sent them off till his mother cooled down. So much happens to her , a lot of t ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Gold Digger. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Well, this one was quite the tale! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was the first historical fiction that I have read in a while that REALLY inspired me to do some research of my own. I became practically obsessed with all things "Baby Doe". I know that much of the book is pure embellishment on the factual timeline, but it was all so interesting that I found myself fact checking about halfway
Patricia Sands
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As she did with The Secret Life of Mrs. London, Rebecca Rosenberg has written another fascinating story that carries the reader away to a very different time. Well researched, filled with vivid detail and engaging characters, it did not take long for me to be drawn into the fascinating life during the Gold Rush years. Rosenberg knows how to spin a tale based on fact and even though this is a period of time that did not call to me, I was soon hooked. This is a fascinating tale of love and loss wi ...more
Ralph Smith
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gold Digger is a page-turner of a novel about the dynamic, beautiful woman who came to be known in gold country in the nineteenth century as Baby Doe. We follow her heading out west with the weak and fickle Harvey Doe—her goal is to raise money through a gold mine to send to her father, whose store teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. Later, when Harvey becomes unfaithful, she meets the famous silver king and politician, Horace Tabor and, striving through huge complications, achieves her goal but, ...more
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